Monday, June 8, 2009
For my fellow mamas in our community, we all need a serious reboot cleaning-wise. The last four days--can anyone believe it's only been four days?--has been a surreal time warp, and my house is not only crawling with germs, but I have forgotten my routine like a faceless classmate. Luckily, in a powerhouse moment Sunday I jotted down some notes, hoping we'd make our way back one swipe at a time.
Despite feeling like I was made out of cement when I got home from Persephone's memorial, riddled with pain from head to toe, broken-hearted, emotionally spent, feelings hurt, I managed only to sleep from about 8am-10am. Once again, rising at 10am is the most defeated feeling I know, cleaning-wise. Ugh. But I shall pull it together, mustering strength and energy from god-knows-where, and make this place livable again. And you can too.
As I staggered to and from the bathroom cursing the heat and brightness, I:
-Turned on the A/C.
-Tidied up front bathroom.
-Started laundry. (I will have four loads today.)
-Had a protein shake.
-Logged on to post this blog on the off chance that anyone is waiting with baited breath.
I think these tasks will help you get the edge today:
-I want you to kick the shit out of the basics. I mean it. Every spoon, every sock. This is an order. And don't test me because I may very well come over to check. Oh the shame.
-Check your bathrooms. Wipe out sinks, counters, toilets, empty waste baskets, toss mats in the washer, sweep/Swiffer the floor, sprinkle some Ajax int he shower, get to it later, or when you shower (just bring a rag in with you). Each bathroom should take five minutes.
-Change any/all sheets, thereby forcing you to make the beds too.
-Set your timer for ten minutes and do a cob web sweep, through the whole house, broom and/or rag in hand.
-Set your timer for ten minutes and do a debris run, bag in hand.
-Sweep and/or vacuum at least main thoroughfares.
-Put those kids to work. Show them ghastly pictures of hoarders online until they cry, if they balk.
-Fix/straighten/wipe/throw away ten things that are not in the condition/location they are supposed to be in.
-Once your kitchen is free of dirty dishes and has been wiped, your final task is to open your microwave, ignore the horror movie music, and remove the plate, wash it, clean the inside, put plate back in, and wipe down the outside.
-Now you're done. I know it's a lot, and it's Monday, and we're all heavy with emotion. When you stand up from your computer, just think about how unjust the universe can be, and how we will not get beaten down, and that we are strong enough to get these things done. We deserve to retire to a clean space tonight.
Yes we can, si se puede!